At a manor, two bodyguards argue cooking recipes but hear someone trying to sneak in. The intruder takes them both out with a combination of martial arts and a crossbow, then breaks into the manor, bypassing laser eye-beams. The intruder, a woman in costume, confronts the owner, crime lord Steven Mandragora, in his bedroom and shoots him. But the figure in the bed is simply pillows and J'onn beams her up to the Watchtower, warning her she's violating his direct orders to stay away.
The Huntress realizes J'onn had Mandragora moved, and then he kicks her out of the League. She overhears the Question in the next room, pondering the Cadmus conspiracy, and goes to visit him. She offer him information on Cadmus in return for his finding Mandragora. Green Arrow and Black Canary are protecting Mandragora and federal agent Faraday is demanding information in return for protection from prosecution. Mandragora is less then forthcoming. The Question and Huntress rendezvous while Mandragora continues to taunt the Leaguers. They get placed on guard outside and notice police arrive, along with the Question and Huntress. The policemen are Mandragora's goons, and Mandragora knocks out Faraday and his men.
Outside, the four heroes brawl and Question and Huntress go down, but they notice Mandragora has escaped. They go inside and the Question finds a storage key and GA and Black Canary go off, telling the other two to stay there. The Question reveals he kept the real clue, a shipping schedule, but Green Arrow catches on and they follow. The Question reveals he knows Huntress knows nothing about Cadmus and how the Huntress' father was a crime lord who Mandragora had killed. A chase ensues when the Question spots their followers – Green Arrow and Canary have to teleport out to avoid an oncoming train.
The Question and Huntress move in on the freighter, which Mandragora is planning to meet. Green Arrow and Black Canary move in first but Mandragora is a trained fighter and he sends Question, Green Arrow, and Black Canary flying. Black Canary tries to take him down with her sonic cry but he's able to outlast her until she drops. Huntress shows up and prepares to kill him but it turns out Mandragora's son Edgar is aboard the freighter. Mandragora reveals his son was kidnapped and he's finally engineered his freedom. The Huntress can't bring herself to do it and simply drops a crate on him, which Mandragora survives.
The Question concludes Mandragora had no intention of cooperating with the authorities and that he knew the kid was on the freighter all the time. He admits he likes the Huntress and they share a kiss of sorts.
The Huntress first appeared in DC Super Stars #17 (Nov/Dec 1977). She came from the parallel world of Earth-2, where she was the daughter of that world's Batman and Catwoman. After her mother was killed, Batman retired and Helena donned a costume and brought her mother's killer to justice. She later joined the Justice Society of America and was later killed during the Crisis.
Post-Crisis with the elimination of Earth-2 and the rewriting of much of its history, the Huntress is Helena Bertinelli (first appearance Huntress #1), born in Gotham City under a leading family in the Mafioso. In what came to be known as the Palm Sunday Massacre, Helena's family was assassinated. She fled to Sicily where she was trained under her cousin and then returned to Gotham. As the Huntress, Helena's extreme vigilantism crossed the line and put her at odds with Batman but he later invited her to join the Justice League to moderate her rage. He later kicked her out when she almost killed someone, but she remains in Gotham and works with the Birds of Prey on occasion.
In both incarnations, the Huntress was a master martial arts and used a collapsible crossbow with anesthetic darts. This is her first significant appearance in the WB animated universe.
The Mafioso known only as Mandragora (no first name given) was a major crime boss who hired an assassin to kill Helena Bertinelli's family during the Palm Sunday Massacre. Mandragora, a tall elderly man, wanted the Bertinellis dead so he could get their money and use it to build his criminal empire. As the Huntress, Helena disposed of Mandragora.
The "Steven Mandragora" seen here bears little resemblence to that character. He does bear a startling resemblence to Tobias Whale (first appearance Black Lightning #1, April 1977), who was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. A huge albino crime lord and the head of The 100, Whale carved an empire for himself in the Suicide Slum district of Metropolis. He ran afoul of the superhero known as Black Lightning, who defeated him. Whale has managed to get out of prison and has returned from time to time but keeps a low profile. However, by all accounts DC refused to grant the JLU producers the rights to use the character. Regardless of who this strange enigmatic gigantic albino crime lord who bears a no-doubt coincidental resemblence to Tony Isabella's creation and doesn't look at all like the Mandragora character who fought the Huntress, this is Mandragora's first appearance in the WB animated universe.
(Dwayne McDuffie has confirmed that the Mandragora we see here also bears a deliberate resemblence to the Invulnerable Man, a member of the Brain Trust, who appeared in the Batman Beyond
episode "Mind Games"
. Whether the character is an ancestor or the same character (who had control over his body's physical reactions) isn't yet known.)
King Faraday first appeared in the original Danger Trail series (#1-5, 1950-51) and was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. He was a counter-espionage agent who worked for the U.S. government and engaged in a variety of standard spy-type capers. His Danger Trail adventures were reprinted in Showcase (May-June 1964). Faraday has since been incorporated full-bore into the DC universe as a member of the Central Bureau of Investigation. Faraday possesses no superhuman abilities but is a trained espionage agent and an expert hand-to-hand fighter and marksman. This is his first appearance in the WB animated universe.
Although he is only mentioned by name, Tommy Monaghan was the feature character in "Hitman," a short-lived DC series about a man who kills superhumans for a living. Monaghan first appeared in Demon Annual #2 (1993) and was created by Garth Ennis and John McCrea. A metahuman himself, Monaghan was bitten by an alien and gained x-ray vision and telepathy, and attempted to join the League in JLA #5. He was dismissed when he told J'onn that the kills super people for money. He later revealed that he only wanted to look at Wonder Woman with his x-ray vision. This is the first mention of his existence in the WB animated universe.